Eastwood? No!

01 Mar

My idea for this blog stemmed primarily from my boyfriend (let’s call him W), but there was another factor that led to this creative endeavor. I am currently taking a course on cinema. The course is called cinema of liberation. I’ve seen one film in the class so far and that’s “In the Name of the Father”.

Recently, we started on our second film, a Clint Eastwood film, Unforgiven. Now I’ve never actually watched a film Clint Eastwood was in, although I’ve most likely watched one he’s directed. But in the first hour or so of this film, I found it interesting and thoroughly enjoyable. So I felt the need to text W and question him on why he had never shown it to me before. Now of course he became defensive because he’s definitely mentioned watching Eastwood movies before but he said I always said no, which is true. I guess I carry around this notion that all Eastwood films are about cowboys and that’s just not what I’m in to. 

Watching Unforgiven encouraged me to try another Clint Eastwood movie so W suggested Dirty Harry. Having finished watching it I have mixed feelings. There was a decent, suspenseful plot in which Eastwood played a cop tracking a serial killer. The movie was made in 1971 and it was easy to tell given how young Eastwood looked. (Let me tell you he wasn’t bad looking back in the day!)

There was a lot of female nudity in this movie which didn’t really do anything for the plot but I guess becuase it was a typical guy movie so I should have expected it. I learned from this movie that there is more to Clint Eastwood than cowboys and I shouldn’t be prejudice against him until I’ve actually watched something he’s in. I finally discovered where the quote, “Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk”, came from! I haven’t finished Unforgiven yet but when I do I’ll be sure to give a more complete analysis of it.  

Dirty Harry

Action: 8 Plot: 7 Overall: 7.5


Posted by on March 1, 2011 in Uncategorized


3 responses to “Eastwood? No!

  1. Arteest

    March 1, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Very interesting read! I myself have never watched Clint Eastwood in a film. I know he’s been in a lot of Westerns and I’m not very fond of Westerns. Just a personal preference. But after reading your post and being the avid movie watcher that I am, I kind of feel more obligated to actually watch one. Maybe one of these days, like yourself, I’ll find myself viewing “Dirty Harry” or “Unforgiven” and it’ll change my perception of Eastwood films.

  2. Moe

    March 1, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    I am in the cinema of liberation class too! I agree with you the Unforgiven was reaaaaaaaally good! such a nail-biter with all those gun scenes! and i cant believe what happened to Ned! I was so sad.

    But I actually really liked Clint Eastwood before seeing Unforgiven. I actually grew up watching The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly waaaaaay too many times with my Grandpa. It’s a total classic and even if you dont like westerns I would recommend it!


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